Latest news and views on COVID-19, food systems and nutrition

We are bringing together news and resources related to the risks, responses and impact of COVID-19 on food systems and nutrition.


COVID-19 blog series: Opportunities for building back better food systems and nutrition

Lawrence Haddad, Jess Fanzo and Corinna Hawkes are curating this blog series to shine a light on the threats and opportunities for nutrition and food systems. 

Corinna Hawkes, Stephanie Walton, Lawrence Haddad and Jessica Fanzo

In this blog, the authors give us a glimpse into the No Regrets project, which looks at more than 200 recommendations from 12 reports to identify a short list of food systems actions that need to be taken to improve diets across all dimensions of food systems, and will be an important component of building back better in the face of COVID-19...

Peiman Milani and Daniel Skavén Ruben

In this blog, Peiman Milani and Daniel Skavén Ruben of the Rockefeller Foundation highlight how COVID-19 fast-tracks much of the morbidity and mortality that is typically brought about in slow motion by poor-quality diets and provide examples of government-led actions to promote healthy, protective diets. 

Inge Kauer

In this blog, Inge Kauer, Executive Director of the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI), highlights action areas for businesses to make positive changes for better nutrition and more healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. These action areas are based on trends that emerged in initial research from ATNI's COVID-19 project which tracks action (and inaction) by food and beverage manufacturers in response to the pandemic... 

Dave Love, Andrew Thorne-Lyman, Liz Nussbaumer and Martin Bloem

In this blog, experts from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), discuss how COVID-19 has impacted aquatic food systems and what this means for those who rely on fish, seafood and aquaculture as a source of income and nutrition...

News, views and reflections

SUN Business Network

This article from SUN Business Network provides a snapshot of how nutritious food SMEs have been impacted by COVID-19, and what opportunities and innovations exist to ensure they can continue to serve consumers... 

Christopher H Herbst, Reem, F Alsukait, Meera Shekar, Sameh El-Saharty, Rekha Menon

This blog from the World Bank draws on evidence from a recent study on obesity in the Gulf States, and makes links to how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing diet-related health crises in the region. 

Gerda Verberg, Catarina de Albuquerque, Vivian M Lopez and Alice Albright

This joint blog SUN, SWA, GPE, EWEC highlights increased challenges due to COVID-19 and urges countries and donors to ensure economic stimulus and recovery plans include resources to protect the most vulnerable. 

African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN)

A new ALN position paper "Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery" - urges African Heads of State to ensure financing for nutrition is part of their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans. 

Initiatives and responses

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO launched a new comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, aimed at preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition.

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and partners are collaborating to identify priority steps for enhancing food systems’ resilience in low and middle income countries. This work includes COVID-19 Food System Rapid Country Assessments, as well as Rapid Assessments for the seed sector...

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) is pulling together announcements and responses to highlight how its members are taking extra actions in amidst COVID-19. 

Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Responsibility Initiative

This Business and COVID-19 Response Centre is designed to accelerate global learning and local action to support the most vulnerable in companies' value chains, communities and beyond. 

Additional resources

This hub "aims to be a resource for all members of the SUN Movement to get informed about COVID-19 developments, at large.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has created a dedicated page with resources related to the impact of COVI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has put together a helpful list of FAQs and responses on COVID-19.

The UN Standing Committee on Nutrition is managing a list of resources with a focus on nutrition and food systems.